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EIHS Celebrates National World Language Week

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Every year in March, schools across the nation celebrate National World Language Week to bring awareness to the importance of learning foreign languages.

At East Islip High School, where classes study American Sign Language, French, Italian and Spanish, students learned about each language’s culture and played fun Kahoot! games. The festivities kicked off on March 7 with ASL Day, as ASL students taught signs and interpreted songs in ASL.

“We are lucky to offer American Sign Language at our school,” teacher Jovina Bratt said. “It is a beautiful, visual, hands-on language that is the unique natural language that Deaf individuals and others use to communicate. It has the same linguistic properties as spoken languages, with grammar that differs from English.”

The next day brought a focus on French, with French Club students playing French bingo and tossing beads in a nod to Mardi Gras, while Italian Day on March 9 brought out games of bocce ball.

Two guest speakers visited on March 10 to discuss the importance of being bilingual in the workplace. National World Language Week concluded with the viewing of the documentary “Conscience Point,” which focused on Long Island’s Native American tribes and their reservations.

Date Added: 4/6/2022

Thursday, June 30, 2022